On September 9, House Committee on Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) introduced H. J. Res. 124, a continuing resolution (CR) to keep government programs funded at FY14 levels through the first ten weeks of FY15 until December 11. Absent any enacted FY15 appropriations bills, Congress must pass a CR before October 1, the start of the next fiscal year, to avoid a government shutdown. Passage of Mr. Rogers’s CR likely will occur during the week of September 15 in both the House and Senate.
Congress is expected to return to work after the November elections and decide the course of funding for FY15 beyond December 11. What Congress will do largely depends on the outcome of November’s elections, and whether Democrats retain their majority position in the Senate.
NLIHC’s budget chart is at http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/FY15_Budget_Chart_HUD_USDA.pdf